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Thanks

ON BE­HALF of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club and com­mit­tee be­hind the event, I would like to thank ev­ery­one in­volved in the 24th an­nual Abell Point Ma­rina Air­lie Beach Race Week 2013.

The event ex­ceeded all of our ex­pec­ta­tions with 110 yachts and 800 par­tic­i­pants from all over Aus­tralia, and even some from over­seas, tak­ing part in our re­gatta.

Now pro­filed in­ter­na­tion­ally and known as a world-class re­gatta, Air­lie Race Week pro­vides a well needed boost to the lo­cal econ­omy.

Eighty-six per cent of par­tic­i­pants trav­elled from out­side the re­gion to at­tend the event, util­is­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, restau­rants, re­tail and all other ameni­ties.

Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club is proud to be the host of an event which high­lights the Whit­sun­days as a premier des­ti­na­tion.

Our race week com­mit­tee work tire­lessly for months in ad­vance to en­sure this event con­tin­ues to at­tract com­peti­tors and their sup­port­ers.

Thank you to the par­tic­i­pants, our spon­sors, vol­un­teers and ev­ery­one be­hind the scenes of this year’s race week.

In par­tic­u­lar, our nam­ing rights spon­sor, Paul Dar­rouzet, the new owner of Abell Point Ma­rina.

Paul un­re­servedly got be­hind the event to pro­vide in­fra­struc­ture and a com­mit­ment to a com­mu­nity he has just re­cently called home.

It was great to see the ma­rina buzzing each day of the event, and this at­mos­phere con­tin­ued to spread through­out the re­gion.

It is a plea­sure to host this event each year. Rob Davis WHIT­SUN­DAY SAIL­ING CLUB COM­MODORE Con­grat­u­la­tions

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS must go out to the lo­cal Chap­ter of Skal In­ter­na­tional (the in­ter­na­tional so­ci­ety for tourism lead­ers) who hosted the Na­tional Assem­bly of the Aus­tralian or­gan­i­sa­tion here in the Whit­sun­days on the week­end. We are very blessed by hav­ing an ex­tremely proac­tive chap­ter of Skal here in the Whit­sun­days who have done some amaz­ing projects over the past year.

The Assem­bly was also a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case these ini­tia­tives as well as the Whit­sun­days to some of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing tourism pro­fes­sion­als and iden­ti­ties. Hav­ing heard di­rectly from some of the par­tic­i­pants, they were blown away with what is hap­pen­ing here in the Whit­sun­days.

Or­gan­is­ing a con­fer­ence of this type is of­ten a thank­less task, but a huge con­grat­u­la­tions and thanks must be pub­licly given out to the Skal Whit­sun­days and in par­tic­u­lar their ex­ec­u­tive for mak­ing it all hap­pen. It was a huge suc­cess on so many lev­els. Well done guys! Da­nial Rochford CEO – WHIT­SUN­DAYS MAR­KET­ING AND DE­VEL­OP­MENT Thanks

THROUGH your pages I would like to thank all those who at­tended the Zonta Club Trivia night on Fri­day Septem­ber 13 at the VMR.

It was a lot of fun and we made around $1300 which will go to­wards the “Zonta says No To Vi­o­lence” pro­ject and our sup­port of Breast­care in our area.

This was made pos­si­ble by the gen­eros­ity of the var­i­ous lo­cal busi­nesses who were men­tioned on the night and will be thanked per­son­ally by us. Spe­cial thanks must also go to the great pub­lic­ity for the evening through the Whit­sun­day Times over the last few weeks.

Due to the suc­cess of the evening, we will be do­ing it again –but not for a lit­tle while yet. Noe­lene Hel­man Sec­re­tary ZONTA CLUB OF WHIT­SUN­DAYS Main street

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to all those re­spon­si­ble for the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of two thirds of the main street i.e. be­tween the north and south end of Water­son Way. Whilst the trans­for­ma­tion of the street brings joy to the heart there is no doubt the next twelve months growth on the plant­ings will add the fi­nal touch of ex­cel­lence.

Now what about the other one third sec­tion of the main street i.e. be­tween the south end of Water­son Way and the Co­conut Grove? I un­der­stand this sec­tion of street to­gether with the full length of Water­son Way is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Queens­land Main Roads Depart­ment.

As all of the above present an un­kempt, un­tidy and un­car­ing pic­ture rel­a­tive to the now beau­ti­fied sec­tion of the main street is. Is it pos­si­ble for the Main Roads Depart­ment to pro­vide their plans and timetable for the nec­es­sary up­grades? Ron Spence WHIT­SUN­DAY RATEPAYER Wa­ter de­bate

THE av­er­age wa­ter con­sump­tion per per­son in an Aus­tralian house­hold with retic­u­lated wa­ter is 178 litres per day. The 2000 litres per day al­lo­cated by the Brunker Ad­min­is­tra­tion in Bowen and Collinsville equates to wa­ter con­sump­tion on the na­tional av­er­age of 11.25 per­sons per house­hold.

Un­der the fund­ing model agreed to by the pre­vi­ous Coun­cil, there was to be an in­crease in the cost to ratepay­ers of 9% each year for four years, and then a 5% per year in­crease there­after to fund the sew­er­age and potable wa­ter sup­ply works for the re­gion. The Brunker ad­min­is­tra­tion did not make this point very clear.

Un­der the Bligh Govern­ment pro­posed amal­ga­ma­tions, rates and charges across all re­gions were to be brought into align­ment prior to the end of the first ad­min­is­tra­tion. This also did not oc­cur un­der the Brunker ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The 9% was not ap­plied to wa­ter ser­vices last year, so Coun- cil is in catch-up mode to fund the wa­ter treat­ment plants and a larger in­crease has there­fore ap­plied to 2013/14. If Coun­cil ap­plied an in­crease of 18% to the pre­vi­ous years $733 in Bowen they would be pay­ing $870 for the 750 kL al­lo­ca­tion in 2013/14. It is not rea­son­able to com­pare the two part tar­iff to the $733 paid last year.

Un­der the two part-tar­iff there is no al­lo­ca­tion of wa­ter. Ev­ery con­sumer of wa­ter across the re­gion is charged the same rate for wa­ter con­sump­tion. The first tier at $0.84 is for wa­ter con­sumed up to 1kL/day for a billing pe­riod. This equates to 5.62 peo­ple per house­hold on the av­er­age wa­ter con­sump­tion per per­son in an Aus­tralian house­hold. The sec­ond tier is for wa­ter con­sumed in a billing pe­riod greater then 1kL/day and is charged at $1.44. The wa­ter read­ing pe­riod is ap­prox­i­mately six months, but de­pends on when Coun­cil con­ducts the read­ings.

An im­por­tant note to make is that the new wa­ter treat­ment plants be­ing com­mis­sioned shortly have sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased the wa­ter ser­vices costs to Coun­cil - an in­crease in cost ex­ceed­ing $2 mil­lion.

Un­der the 2013/14 Bud­get for Coun­cil, there is a fore­casted in­crease in wa­ter of 4% in fu­ture years, com­pared to the 9% for a fur­ther two years and 5% there­after in the orig­i­nal fund­ing model for the wa­ter treat­ment plants. On this ba­sis the cur­rent Coun­cil have ac­tu­ally less­ened the in­crease per house­hold that would have ap­plied un­der the model agreed to by the Brunker ad­min­is­tra­tion. This point was not taken into ac­count by Chris Mon­sour dur­ing the re­cent Levy Protest. Un­less ratepay­ers con­sume large amounts of wa­ter, they will be bet­ter off in fu­ture years com­pared to that un­der the orig­i­nal fund­ing model. An­thony Moscato SEC­RE­TARY WHIT­SUN­DAY RATEPAY­ERS AS­SO­CI­A­TION

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